New data shows Apple, RIM, and Microsoft continue to lose ground to Google in the U.S. smartphone market. Marketing intelligence company comScore published its quarterly Mobile Subscriber Market Share findings, which tracked total smartphone subscribers for the three months ending in July. According to the report, 53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the quarter, up 11 percent from the previous quarter. Of the top 5 platforms, only Google Android grew in market share, from 12 percent to 17 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. Microsoft, Research in Motion, and Apple all lost share, while Palm hovered at 4.9 percent. The study also found that two out of three subscribers send text messages and one out of three subscribers use a browser on their mobile devices. 31.4 percent of users download applications for their devices, and 21.8 percent access social networks and blogs.Read more »
Samsung at the Mobile World Congress this week showed for the first time their Super active-matrix organic light-emitting diode display (Super AMOLED). The display is five times clearer and offers 20% visibility outdoors in the sun, but does it offer enough power savings for the iPhone 4G?, Apple did not use OLEDs in the iPhone 3G because of its heavy power consumption when browsing the web or checking emails, according to sources of OLED-Display.net. Apple has a longstanding arrangement with LG Display, but there is no OLED type of displays suitable for the iPhone 4G currently being manufactured by the company. Samsung is the only contender with a display capable enough to be used in an Apple product, when considering the large production and quality control involved. Just announced was the Samsung Halo phone using the Super AMOLED display in question, it’s a 3.7-inch WVGA (800×480) screen very suitable for an iPhone. In our interview with Rapid Repair on the iPhone 4g, Aaron Vronko Service Manager believes Apple would choose the next-generation of Samsung display technology, one of the deciding factors would be the increase in size and a 25% brighter screen.Read more »
Apple reportedly has a new policy for its iPhone app store in which any application with "overtly sexual content" will be removed from the App Store, according to an e-mail obtained by TechCrunch. But just like countless previous times, this latest tweak to Apple's app rejection policy will have app developers scratching their heads trying to figure out what's going on. Wobbly Policy
One app that has been removed from iTunes, called Wobble iBoobs, lets you take a selected image of a bikini model, add "wobble zones" to the photo, and then make those parts of the image move when you shake your iPhone. This app's function was apparently a little too hot for Apple, so the app's developer, Jon Atherton, received a removal notice from Apple, according to TechCrunch.Referring to the Wobble iBoobs application, Apple reportedly wrote, " We have recently received numerous complaints from our customers about this type of content and have changed our guidelines appropriately. We have decided to remove any overtly sexual content from the App Store, which includes your application."
Sling Media, makers of the SlingPlayer hardware and software packages will go live today with AT&T 3G capabilities for iPhone users. Previously only WiFi connected users could stream their videos over their iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS devices.
SlingPlayer allows users to stream their cable, satellite or DVR files directly to their outside devices over high speed internet, previously AT&T had disallowed 3G use of the system for fear that it would cause unnecessary congestion on their fledgling 3G service. AT&T announced several weeks ago that they would allow 3G service to be used with the iPhone SlingPlayer App, but Apple had to first approve the program, which is now available via the App Store. The cost of the 3G version is $29.99, with a free download available to users who have already purchased the WiFi version of the program.
In order to use the program users will also need to purchase a Sling Box which is hooked up to their home video setup and internet connection.
So the next big thing with Apple should be the iPhone 4G 2010 , everyone is expecting it to happen all that really remains is basically the when and what will iPhone 4G 2010 bring to the game. We have seen numerous unconfirmed rumours on when iPhone 4G 2010 will surface and what it will pack.
The latest of said rumours is that iPhone 4G 2010 will bring with it several features seen on the Apple iPad such as a larger display, an OLED display, better processor, better WiFi, and maybe even video conferencing.
Previous iPhone 4G 2010 rumours hit on a removable battery which no doubt would please the iPhone masses. Lately we’ve even seen the iPhone 4G 2010 codename being outed as the N89, and that Pegatron has now joined Apple as a partner.
The much debated iPhone 4G 2010 release date caused much excitement not too long ago when it was rumoured the next generation iPhone could be released as soon as April, then it was May, but really it will probably be Apple’s more traditional iPhone release date of mid summer.Read more »
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